Community Agriculture Alliance: You might be a rancher if ...

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Marsha Daughenbaugh

You might be a rancher if:

— You convince your spouse that an overnight, out-of-state trip for equipment parts is a vacation.

You wear specific hats to farm sales, livestock auctions, customer appreciation suppers and funerals.

You have never thrown away a five-gallon bucket.

You have used baling wire to attach a license plate.

You have used a chain saw to remodel your house.

You remember AUMs and yields from 10 years ago but cannot remember your spouse’s birthday.

You have driven off the road while examining your neighbor’s fields.

You have borrowed gravel from the county road to fill potholes in your driveway.

You have buried a dog and cried like a baby.

You have used a tractor front-end loader as scaffolding.

You wave at every vehicle whether you know the driver or not.

You always look when a vehicle passes your house, even at night.

You refer to ranches by who owned them 50 years ago or more.

You give directions to your ranch using landmarks, not road numbers.

Family weddings and special events are planned around haying and gathering.

You know “Checkoff” is not a Russian diplomat.

Your early morning prayer covers rain and cattle.

You try to find the cheapest hotel rates when going out of town.

Using the elevator involves a grain truck.

You wake up when it’s dark, and you go to bed after the evening news.

You wear your boots to church.

If given $1 million dollars, you would keep right on ranching. You would ranch differently, but you would keep right on ranching. That is who you are and what you are.

The Board of Directors and Advisors of the Community Agriculture Alliance wishes all of the ranchers and farmers in Northwest Colorado a Happy New Year. We hope that in 2010, water flows abundantly, grasses grow well and commodity prices will be adequate. We salute and thank each of you for your efforts to sustain and promote agriculture.

Marsha Daughenbaugh is the executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance

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